NextDecade (NEXT) & Chesapeake Utilities (CPK) Head to Head Comparison

NextDecade (NASDAQ: NEXT) and Chesapeake Utilities (NYSE:CPK) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.


This table compares NextDecade and Chesapeake Utilities’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NextDecade N/A -33.08% -30.58%
Chesapeake Utilities 9.80% 10.64% 3.74%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares NextDecade and Chesapeake Utilities’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NextDecade N/A N/A -$35.32 million N/A N/A
Chesapeake Utilities $617.58 million 2.03 $58.12 million $2.89 26.45

Chesapeake Utilities has higher revenue and earnings than NextDecade.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for NextDecade and Chesapeake Utilities, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NextDecade 0 2 2 0 2.50
Chesapeake Utilities 0 1 1 0 2.50

NextDecade currently has a consensus price target of $10.33, suggesting a potential upside of 44.52%. Chesapeake Utilities has a consensus price target of $85.00, suggesting a potential upside of 11.18%. Given NextDecade’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe NextDecade is more favorable than Chesapeake Utilities.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

89.0% of NextDecade shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.3% of Chesapeake Utilities shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.4% of NextDecade shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 4.2% of Chesapeake Utilities shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Chesapeake Utilities pays an annual dividend of $1.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. NextDecade does not pay a dividend. Chesapeake Utilities pays out 45.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Chesapeake Utilities has raised its dividend for 14 consecutive years.


Chesapeake Utilities beats NextDecade on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

NextDecade Company Profile

NextDecade Corporation, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) development company, engages in the development of LNG export projects and associated pipelines in the State of Texas. It intends to develop a portfolio of LNG projects, including Rio Grande LNG export facility, which has a liquefaction capacity of 27 million tons of LNG per annum located in Brownsville, Texas; and the 4.5 Bcf/d Rio Bravo Pipeline that transports natural gas from the Agua Dulce supply area to Rio Grande LNG. The company was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas.

Chesapeake Utilities Company Profile

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, a diversified energy company, engages in regulated and unregulated energy businesses. The company operates in two segments, Regulated Energy and Unregulated Energy. The Regulated Energy segment engages in the distribution of natural gas in Delaware, Maryland, and Florida; distribution of electricity in Florida; and transmission of natural gas on the Delmarva Peninsula and in Florida. The Unregulated Energy segment distributes propane in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, southeastern Pennsylvania, and Florida; markets natural gas in Florida, Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, and other states; supplies, gathers, and processes unregulated natural gas in central and eastern Ohio; and generates electricity and steam. This segment also provides other unregulated energy services, such as energy-related merchandise sales; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning services; and plumbing and electrical services. The company also owns and leases office buildings in Delaware and Maryland. It serves residential, commercial, industrial, and wholesale customers. The company was founded in 1859 and is headquartered in Dover, Delaware.

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